Amman, Jordan — Eighteen professionals from eight developing countries such as Bangladesh, China, India, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria and Jordan came together to attend the International Workshop in Consulting for Results during 22-24 August 2006 in Amman, Jordan. The course was the fifth and last in a series offered by PPD and funded by the Government of the Netherlands.
In the Opening Ceremony of the workshop from left Ms. Sylvia Vriesendorp, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), USA, Mr. Sangeet Harry Jooseery, Executive Director of PPD, Dr Zuheir Al-Kayed, Secretary General, Higher population Council, Jordan and Dr. May Hadidi, Director, Maternal and Child Health Division, Ministry of Health, Jordan
The three-day training workshop opened with a formal Opening Ceremony attended by over seventy people consisting of representatives from the international agencies, UN agencies, foreign missions and senior officials from the Ministry of Health, Jordan and local media. Mr. Sangeet Harry Jooseery, Executive Director of PPD made a welcome address in the opening ceremony. Among others who spoke were Dr. May Hadidi, Director, Maternal and Child Health Division, Ministry of Health, Amman, Jordan, Dr Zuheir Al-Kayed, Secretary General, Higher population Council and Ms. Sylvia Vriesendorp, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), USA.
The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the consulting capability of reproductive health, population and development professionals from the developing countries. The course focused on reflection on past consulting experiences, the concept of consultant roles was introduced. Specific skill building exercises were also introduced to emphasize the interpersonal aspects of the consultant-client relationship.
The participants were a mix of self-employed, government employed and private agency employed consultants. There was a considerable variation in consulting experience but mainly in the area of reproductive health, maternal and child health, family planning, demography, population policy, development, advocacy, research, training. Some participants were both providers and commissioners of technical assistance.